Join me on an off-trail adventure to explore the area around the 2nd Tram Tower on Sandia Peak. We'll follow a ridge just south of the tram to the 2nd tower and if successful, I'd like to either (1) hike/scramble along the ridge that begins just above the tower and attempt to follow it to Sandia Crest, (2) look for the ramp off the ridge into the north basin that will take us down Rozamiento Canyon, or (3) take a path down the south side into Big Canyon. I'd prefer the Sandia Crest option but if it's not possible we'll do the loop down Rozamiento or Big Canyon. Expect a big day on varied and challenging terrain. No dogs.
For a better view of the photo above showing the exploratory route options click the following link: http://photos4.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/1/3/6/2/highres_343984962.jpeg
Stats: 6-12 miles with anywhere from 2,500-5,000 feet of elevation gain
Challenges: Route finding, bush whacking, and scrambling (non-technical climbing on class 3 and 4 rock using hand and foot holds). Some of the climbing is exposed where it would not be a good idea to slip or fall. Ice along the route may make the challenges even more difficult.
Possible Dangers: Scrambling, slips, falls, loose rock, ice, punctures from plants and trees
Hiking requirements: Fit hikers who are confident with challenging off-trail routes and scrambling.
Gear: A traction aide is mandatory. I would recommend bringing water proof shoes, gaiters, leather garden gloves and burly clothes that wont rip if caught on a branch or thorn.
Disclaimer: Hiking and scrambling has inherent dangers including slips and falls that could result in serious injuries or even death. Hike leader is not a professional hiker or guide and is not responsible for any accidents or injuries that are incurred on this MeetUp. Make sure to answer the simple question that asks if you read and understood the disclaimer and hike details (challenges, dangers, description, hiking requirements, etc...) if you want to attend this hike.
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